Monday 19 February 2018

Duo enjoy dream debut as Bhoys increase their lead

Partick Thistle 0 Celtic 3

Celtic's Stuart Armstrong scores his sides second goal of the game
Celtic's Stuart Armstrong scores his sides second goal of the game
Celtic's Jason Denayer (rear) and Partick Thistle's Lyle Taylor battle for the ball
Celtic manager Ronny Deila celebrates at the final whistle

Gary Mackay-Steven and Stuart Armstrong both scored in dream debuts for Celtic, who coasted to victory over Partick Thistle at Firhill.

There was less than a minute played when wide-man Mackay-Steven drove past Jags goalkeeper Scott Fox and midfielder Armstrong, who also checked in at Parkhead in transfer deadline day from Dundee United in a combined £2million deal, was not to be outdone.

The 22-year-old scored with a drive on the half-hour mark before midfielder Stefan Johansen fired in a third in the 66th minute to paint a true reflection of the Hoops' superiority.

With some conviction Ronny Deila's side extended their winning run to eight games in domestic competitions to go three points clear of Aberdeen at the top of the league with a game in hand over the Dons, and they have now gone nine matches without losing a goal.

Conversely, the ninth-placed Jags went into the match with one win in their previous eight games and manager Alan Archibald will wonder what to do next.

He made five changes following the 2-1 home William Hill Scottish Cup defeat by Inverness at the weekend, bringing back keeper Fox, Conrad Balatoni, Callum Booth, Lyle Taylor and Declan McDaid, but to no avail.

Celtic, who also had striker John Guidetti and right-back Adam Matthews back in the side, with Leigh Griffiths, Kris Commons and Mikael Lustig out injured - and James Forrest also missing - swept up the park from kick-off and the early goal proved to be a sign of things to come.



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